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Backpacks for Hope

Updated: Monday, August 11 2014, 06:34 PM CDT
The numbers are staggering.

One in three Texans will experience domestic violence or know someone who does.

Caught in the middle of this adult situation, are so many children across the state.

"After the crisis moment of entering the shelter is over, we try to get them the opportunity of stay in school and to continue their education and continue to feel like a regular child would at their age," said Heather Bellino, the Executive Director of the Texas Advocacy Project.

A simple backpack, a calculator, and a pair of scissors could be the key to helping them feel a bit more normal.

"We've had requests for over 1800 backpacks to be shipped throughout the state to about 80 different shelters so we are in a desperate need for the backpacks this year," said Bellino.

In addition to providing free legal help once a year the Texas Advocacy Project collects all this for Backpacks for Hope.

"It makes a tremendous difference in the community," said Mike Walker, a board member for the Texas Advocacy Project and Allstate Insurance Agency owner.

Inside each of those new backpacks is a lifeline to help.

"It is a hotline in case these victims are in a situation that they need safe harbor, they can contact those numbers through the backpacks or purses to reach the Texas Advocacy Project," said Walker.

It may not seem like a lot, but for kids struggling with so many things kids shouldn't have to, simply having one less thing to worry about could make all the difference.

The drive runs through Sept. 5.
You can drop off a new backpack or supplies at 3801 Medical Parkway, Suite 155. That's Walker's Allstate office.
For more information on Backpacks for Hope, or to become a drop off location, click here.Backpacks for Hope

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